While planning for a two month excursion in Nepal can be exciting, figuring out the logistics can be a little intimidating. For example, with no way of obtaining cash once the journey has begun, how much money should we carry with us to adequately supply ourselves with services such as--shelter, water, food, guide services, trekking and park permits? The answer that we found to this question was $2,000 US, which works out to be right around 202,120 Nepalese Rupees. That's a staggeringly uneasy amount to have on your person in any country, let alone in an unfamiliar third world country where the annual GDP per capita is only 151,590 Nepalese Rupees or roughly $1,500 US.
With a stack of bills two inches thick hidden in each of our bags, another large stack of bills folded and placed in a hidden pocket I'd sewn on the inside of my pants before we left the US, a small amount in Becky's pocket, and the amount we intend on spending each day in my front pocket, we set off into the mountains. Thankfully, not a single moment the whole time we were in Nepal did we feel threatened. It is a country filled with wonderful people and majestic mountains.
Our trip itinerary included:
Two months of adventure Trekking around Manaslu, the worlds 8th highest peak Trekking into Tsum Valley, a recently unrestricted area bordering Tibet Trekking around Annapurna, the worlds 10th highest peak Trekking to Tilcho Lake, the alleged highest lake in the world Trekking into Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp Trekking into Everest Base Camp and ascending Kala Pattar at 18,514 feet White Water Rafting the Trishuli River Exploring Chitwan National Park including riding an elephant, rhino viewing, canoeing and a jeep safari
Music by Tommy Guerrero & Gadget
Arrival in Kathmandu
Manaslu Circuit And Tsum Valley Trek
Annapurna Circuit And Tilcho Lake Trek
Annapurna Sanctuary And Base Camp Trek
After 30 days of trekking in the Mountains, a meal in Pokhara
Everest Base Camp Trek
Rafting and Chitwan National Park
Last Days in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur before returning home